After 25 years, "David St. Hubbins" (a.k.a. Michael McKean) -lead vocalist and guitarist from Spinal Tap- finally got to perform the biggest hit of the band with his own signature Bass.
I built the "Big Bottom / David St. Hubbins Signature Bass", and presented it last June in London to the american actor, comedian, composer and musician Michael McKean before the Spinal Tap concerts in the UK.
Grammy winner / Oscar nominee McKean, who impersonates the front-man of the most famous mock rock band in the world, said that an instrument like this, a bass of specially attractive characteristics, is exactly what he needed to perform the hit “Big Bottom” live at the Wembley Arena and at the Glastonbury Festival – the largest greenfield event in the world, which last month attracted more than 200.000 fans.
For this design, my inspiration was drawn from the aesthetics of the “golden age” of American cars; a futuristic look, as if they were designed in 1955 by someone imagining how a bass from the 21st century would look like. As in Michael's case, everything begins with the dream of the musician; the dream of a perfect instrument, and goes on from there.
“Big Bottom” is probably the only known rock hymn performed exclusively with electric basses, without any guitars on the stage. As a seasoned “David St. Hubbins”, McKean lead the band at the pace of his new vintage-cream colored bass, while English bassist Jarvis Cocker and a well nurtured group of attractive ladies joined him on stage -seductively waiving their curves at the rythm of the deep-pitched song, making the delights of the public (video):
David St. Hubbins, with a strong British accent and a smile on his face, said: “I finally can perform with a bass on stage without having to borrow one from Derek Smalls. I envy myself.”
Paraphrasing the (in)famous Big Bottom's chorus: "Talk about bum cakes, this bass' got 'em. How could we leave this behind?"